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I have a wondering eye for shapes, textures and colors. I hunt and gather images from magazines and from my own environment through photographs I take (mostly) with my phone. I use paint and brush to distort verisimilitude into abstraction. My painting suggest portraiture and tell non-linier stories about queer identity and the subtle push and pull of femininity and masculinity.

Several of the images I use come from beauty magazines. In a constant and unfruitful search for the familiar within the ads and photo spreads, I create beauty through composition and assembling abstract figures from secondary images. Context is shifted and pushed in my work to explore the figure beyond its surface. I replace face and body with shape, texture and color to expose the awkward balance and friction of collaging these elements into the essence of being.